I first put the cape on my wish list once I spotted a few flaunted on the street at Paris Fashion week F/W ’15. I adore the shape and cut of the cape. There is something chic yet effortless about a cape. It is one of those pieces that has a contemporary feel to it and so tends to never really go out of style. It is so easily dressed up or down so with a round of applause, becomes a true capsule wardrobe winner. It carries the ‘statement style’ tag all by itself without any help!
The Vintage inspo
When I first moved to London at 20 yrs, I worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital. I spent the first year living it up in the Nurses accommodation in Russell square. Blimey, they were fun days! I can remember feeling a little ‘green juice’ when my friend moved into her accommodation to discover a vintage Great Ormond Street Nursing uniform hidden away and forgotten about in the closet of her room. It was probably from around the 60’s. We’re talking vintage Nurses Cap, Cape, Dress and Pinafore apron. The works! The cape was absolutely magnificent. It had that regal like staunch, formal, authoritive feel to it. Stunning craftsmanship. I wonder if she still has the vintage uniform?? How could you possibly part with such a find?!
The cape has been worn throughout the decades in fashion history. I found these amazing vintage 1960’s images on Pinterest and believe they capture the contemporary edge along with a touch of sophistication.
The Style Set Inspo
These stylish birdies look fabulous. The simple Navy or Black cape looks sublime. No surprises here with who wears it well. My usual suspects style and own this cape to perfection.
Clockwise from the left: Sienna Miller, Victoria Beckham, Kate moss, Poppy Delevingne, Alexa Chung and Karlie Kloss
The Designer Touch
The cape paraded on many of the catwalks for this season. But no one, in my book, could outshine Stella McCartneys design. Stella nails it. She has sold out of this seasons beautiful cape creations. I adore the simplicity and cut of the Anouk Cape. But a full salute is required for the beautiful floral embroidered wool cape. Stunning!
Styling the cape so it’s ready for action………….
Where to buy
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Good old Asos assists in our superwoman wardrobe editing! Love these capes that are part of this seasons collection. Check out: Asos diagonal cape with leather trim, Asos heritage check cape, Asos cape with Borg collar
Zara has a ton of capes this season. They probably won’t all be in store but check them out online. They have an excellent online shopping service (cue my husband rolling his eyes!!) These are my favourites at the moment. Check out: Checked coat, Metalic button cape & the cape jacket
I love this Mango Black cape. I’m torn between ordering it as its 30% off at the moment or thinking should I just throw out the universe that I would give a vintage Navy or Black cape a very good home? We will see?
How fabulous is J.Crews take on this seasons cape?! I adore the piping trim detail and love the Navy colour. Throw some faux fur on the collar and I’m sold. It hits the spot on the ‘cape’ and the ‘fluffy’ scale! Check out the J Crew collection faux fur collar cape with leather piping!
Why I love the Cape
- It is fitting for most degrees of weather in the chilly part of Spring, Fall and early Winter weather
- It looks great teamed with skinny jeans and wellies for a trip to the park. It’s loose, easy to wear style means your arms are as free as a bird and enable you to jump on the swing and compete with your six year old to see who can swing the highest before they get the motion sickness tummy. Things I do on a Saturday afternoon!!
- It pairs well with skinny leather or peg leg evening trousers and heels for a night out on the town. I think the cape is a statement in itself. So if you need to dash out quick for the evening plans, you’ve lost your outfit planning time. Then the cape does the talking for you whilst you throw on your simple top, trousers and lippy. Done!
- I can be wearing a ratty tatty sweatshirt and leggings for a lazy ‘around the house’ weekend day. Need to nip to the shop to pick up Milk? I grab my cape, tall boots, red lippy and no one will know that I have no bra on and my boobs are tucked into my knickers!! Done and dusted.
- I love how the shape of the cape enables this formal looking coat to fit over any chunky jumper on a chilly day. It receives its gold star when it accompanies me to the sushi buffet. I can tuck into a delish dinner and know the cape will never cry at the seams when fastened up!
- This contemporary piece will forever float around the style scene. It’s a classic with ‘forever fashion’ stamped all over it. Check that box and applause the cape for being a ‘capsule wardrobe’, ‘sustainable fashion’ and ‘slow fashion’ nominee.
- Need I say more….. Every Superwoman needs her cape!
How I wear mine
I decided against buying a black or navy cape this season (yet?!!) as I already have a fabulous Zara Batwing style wool jacket that I bought four years ago and I still love to wear it. Maybe if I come across a bargain! then I will snatch it up. But in the meantime, the Zara jacket still has a special spot on the outfit agenda for now.
I initially thought I would keep my eye out for a cape that fits my signature ‘quirk’ look. Low and behold I fell in love with this Vintage Yellow plaid cape at the recent Ottawa vintage fashion show. I picked it up for a very reasonable $75 (£35) and I absolutely bloody love it. I reckon I’ll have it in my wardrobe for years!